Jim received a B.A. in political science and philosophy in 1970 from Brigham Young University where he graduated cum laude. He received a J.D. from the University of Utah in 1973.
From 1977 to 1978, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Jim prosecuted crimes involving transportation of stolen property across state lines, mail fraud, wire fraud, embezzlement of funds from FDIC insured banks, odometer fraud, and racketeering; defended the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in black-lung matters; was responsible for prosecuting civil rights lawsuits in Utah; and prosecuted food contamination cases for the Food and Drug Administration.
In 1979, Jim entered private practice where he primarily litigates in the area of medical malpractice but also takes defense work (white collar) and personal injury claims.
Jim values community involvement. He has taught as adjunct faculty at Westminster College in Utah (where he was a teacher-of-the-year for 1995-1996) and has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations, including the Children’s Aid Society and the Utah Odyssey House.
Jim and his law partner Bradley Parker started Citizens Against Radioactive Waste (CAR), a bipartisan group which opposed the storage of radioactive waste in the State of Utah.